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Since a while I am contemplating the possibility of automatically publishing on social media some stats and data visualisations from work. When I discovered the nice bot @everytract by @fitnr (and a little later the @GVAcartografic’s #Secciócensal tweets) I decided to try and do a Twitter bot myself in order to see what is possible and how difficult it is. I thought that combining maps and some Italian data would be a good recipe for having fun and so I did set out to use some GIS data from the Italian National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT)(@istat_en) in order to publish a map for every Italian comune (the basic administrative division in Italy).

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Now that I have a new blog setup, I can more quickly post what has been since long time in the making: my ErgoDox keyboard. It all started with me reading Steve Yegge’s blog on touch typing and being convinced I should give it a try with a proper keyboard. So on 2014-03-24 I joined a Massdrop purchase for an DIY ErgoDox split keyboard. It completed a week later and delivery was done somewhat end of May.

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I finally decided to give it a try and then switched to blogdown (here the free book.) I sort of followed the migration suggestions in the book, but when I tried to switch to Netlify I got everyting messed up with my OVH setup so I am still with Github Pages…one step at a time… I hope this setup will lower the barrier and allow me to blog and share more.

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Docker for Oracle This post describes my journey to building and using a docker image for Oracle. It all started as usual searching the web for hints and many results led to the Oracle docker Github repository. This repository under OracleDatabase provides (almost) all the informations needed. My target machine: MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2009), OS X Yosemite 10.10.5. Which Oracle RDBMS? I decided to use Oracle XE 11.2.0.2 because my use case just needed an Oracle DB, so no need to go for bigger and fancier versions.

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Few weeks ago I finally received my C.H.I.P. and PocketC.H.I.P. C.H.I.P. is the famous $9 computer crowdfunded in May 2015 via Kickstarter and PowerC.H.I.P. combines a 4.3-inch screen and a button-style QWERTY keypad with it. Here they are in all their beauty: C.H.I.P. Pocket C.H.I.P. Setting C.H.I.P. up I am interested to play with both toys remotely, so I did follow Setting up CHIP as a headless server with minimal tools in order to install and configure ssh.

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I am currently, actually always!, thru a learning journey

Learning: neither Deep nor Machine, just Human

My (wish) list of things to learn.

Maps and map projections

The impossible flattening of the Earth

PyCalCal

Calendrical Calculation in Python.

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